Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Rowan Williams Hops Out of the Closet

In an attempt to hold together the fracturing Anglican Communion, Archbishop Rowan Williams has changed his views on homosexuality, enunciating a more traditional understanding than he had previously offered.

According to the London Telegraph, "The archbishop of Canterbury has told homosexuals that they need to change their behaviour if they are to be welcomed into the church..." and "has distanced himself from his one-time liberal support of gay relationships and stressed that the tradition and teaching of the Church has in no way been altered by the Anglican Communion's consecration of its first openly homosexual bishop."

Williams also distanced himself from an essay he wrote two decades ago defending sodomy. "That was when I was a professor, to stimulate debate," he claimed. "It did not generate much support and a lot of criticism - quite fairly on a number of points."

Williams also rejects any heretical notion of "inclusion": "I don't believe inclusion is a value in itself. Welcome is. We don't say 'Come in and we ask no questions'. I do believe conversion means conversion of habits, behaviours, ideas, emotions."

It is gratifying to see at least one institution moving in the right direction, taking baby steps away the Sexual Revolution and perverted readings of Scripture that are eating away at what remains of Christendom.


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